In the quarter century since independence, Central Asian countries have witnessed rapid development and economic growth. However, the fall in commodity prices and recession in Russia are forcing the region to look for a new model for growth. The former Soviet states of Central Asia are being reshaped by home-grown investors as well as those from China, Russia, Turkey and the west. Focus on private sector development and ambitions for infrastructure investment, particularly through China’s initiatives of rebuilding the Silk Road are stimulating investors’ interest throughout the region.
The FT-EBRD Central Asia Investment Forum: Forging relationships for growth brought together leading investors, policymakers, economists and experts in Central Asia to discuss the future of the region and the prospects for investment. This event, supported by the EBRD’s local partner, TOBB, provided a platform to discuss the practicalities of doing business in the region, the opportunities for international investors in Central Asia and how to navigate the complexities of operating in the region. Listen to senior government officials set out their plans to attract international investment, discover the role that China and Turkey are playing in the region and explore the key issues that are reshaping the business environment with both local and global investors.